A new report by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association says infill housing could help solve the region’s housing supply shortage.
The report describes infill housing as narrow-lot homes that can support multiple families, such as duplexes and homes with a secondary suite.
According to the GVHBA, 63 per cent of residences in Metro Vancouver are classified as single family, and often range twice as large as standard city lots.
Their report identifies this inefficient use of land as a “major cause” of the city’s affordability crisis.
The group calls for “pre-zoning”, which is the practice of designating specific neighbourhoods as suitable for redevelopment ahead of time.
This would allow many housing lots currently being used inefficiently to be redeveloped into multi-family units in a short amount of time.
Association president Bob de Wit says pre-zoning is a better option than approving individual one-off projects.
“If you do that at the official community planning stage then it creates a ‘blank sheet’ I suppose, and it saves a lot of time in the development process.”
And de Wit says that time saved cuts actual home redevelopment down to only three months.
“It skips that step and saves anywhere from eight to ten months in the process so it really shortens things up.”
The report concludes that pre-zoning only five per cent of Vancouver’s homes would lead to over 18,000 new housing options being opened to prospective buyers.